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posted "Mother knows best ... an exhiliratingly offbeat and dark new thriller from the director of "The Host" and "Memories of Murder"" about Mother (Korean film).   July 24, 2010
Mother knows best ... an exhiliratingly
When her mentally challenged son is charged with a brutal murder, his mother sets out to prove him innocent. When the ordinary channels fail her, she
posted "Mother knows best ... an exhiliratingly offbeat and dark new thriller from the director of "The Host" and "Memories of Murder"" about Mother (Korean film).   July 24, 2010
Mother knows best ... an exhiliratingly
When her mentally challenged son is charged with a brutal murder, his mother sets out to prove him innocent. When the ordinary channels fail her, she
posted "Believe the hype - a creepy and compelling psychological horror thriller, depicting a broken family" about A Tale of Two Sisters.   January 24, 2010
Believe the hype - a creepy and compelli
Two sisters come home from an extended stay in the hospital, where their emotionally distant father seems both unaware and unwilling to protect them f
posted "Delightful imagery, boundless joy, innocent love - even a lighter effort by Miyazaki is still an occasion to celebrate" about Ponyo.   December 13, 2009
Delightful imagery, boundless joy, innoc
Ponyo is a young fish-girl who loves to explore, but her father, a great wizard of the sea, fears the chaos her untamed powers could unleash upon the
posted "Kung fu for kids - think "Neverending Story" meets "Drunken Master" and "The Bride with the White Hair"" about The Forbidden Kingdom.   December 06, 2009
Kung fu for kids - think "Neverending St
A kid who's into martial arts movies becomes the unlikely protagonist of an epic struggle between good and evil in ancient China. When the aging owner
posted "Sacrifice, sin, and the possibililty of redemption - a bloody and brilliant Korean re-invention of the vampire mythos" about Thirst (Bakjwi).   October 30, 2009
Sacrifice, sin, and the possibililty of
Sang-Hyun, a Roman Catholic priest, develops urgent cravings after he selflessly volunteers to be guinea pig in a dangerous medical experiment. He res
posted "Bizarre and amusing spoof of the Japanese big monster flick" about Big Man Japan.   October 17, 2009
Bizarre and amusing spoof of the Japanes
Daisato is an ordinary guy, divorced and living in squalor in a small house, taking care of his senile grandfather and trying to make ends meet by car
posted ""who are you?" - cure delivers a real and enigmatic film experience, and not just another scary story - the horror of identity" about Cure.   August 16, 2009
"who are you?" - cure delivers a real an
a series of very similar murders don't make sense. all the ordinary explanations - a serial killer, a few copycats - don't pan out, since the killers
posted "Haiku review: stylistically brilliant, elliptical, powerful, moody and dark film about vengeance, atonement, and redemption" about Lady Vengeance.   July 17, 2009
Haiku review: stylistically brilliant, e
Young boy, sad mistake  Thirteen years, long time to wait  Snow falls on white cake
posted "Visually inventive, blissful filmmaking - as crazy as the original Django" about Sukiyaki Western Django.   July 05, 2009
Visually inventive, blissful filmmaking
A lone gunman rides into a small mining town, where two competing clans are searching for a legendary treasure. If you hadn't seen the original "spagh
posted "Sit back, relax and watch TV -- like surfing through the cable channels on another planet" about Funky Forest: The First Contact.   March 24, 2008
Sit back, relax and watch TV -- like sur
Funky Forest: The First Contact is laugh out loud loopy -- the most fun I've had watching a film in a long time. Bad comedians, bizarre dance routines
posted "A thrilling and unsettling depiction of what happens when old school Korean detectives meet American style psychotic killers" about Memories of Murder.   December 31, 2007
A thrilling and unsettling depiction of
A hotshot young detective from Seoul is enlisted to help out the old school small town detectives when it becomes clear they have a sophisticated seri
posted "Gorgeous animation, mind-bending themes, and combination of suspense and whimsy: must-see for fans of serious animation" about Paprika (movie).   November 26, 2007
Gorgeous animation, mind-bending themes,
A group of scientists invent a device that allows a therapist to enter into her patients' dreams. The only problem is, three of the devices have been
posted "Amazing and delightful -- a touching and lovely film from Japan" about The Taste of Tea.   August 09, 2007
Amazing and delightful -- a touching and
The Harunos are not your typical family. The father is a hypnotist, whose method is to enable people to dream alternate worlds; the mother aspires to
posted "Stunning animation - but story was not very engaging" about The Place Promised in Our Early Days.   December 13, 2006
Stunning animation - but story was not v
This review is not intended as the final word on this film -- but primarily just a quick note to say that reviews making comparisons with Miyazaki sho
posted "a worthwhile intoduction to some of what is possible in anime" about Perfect Blue.   August 31, 2005
a worthwhile intoduction to some of what
While I wouldn't go as far as some, who have compared this to some of the greatest anime (and some of the greatest films of any genre -- this is not H
posted "A wonderful film for all ages" about Porco Rosso.   August 29, 2005
A wonderful film for all ages
This is not just a delightful animated film, it is a spectacular film of any genre that fits on the same shelf with Casablanca, Shane, and other wonde
posted "Monkey-wrenching racoons!" about Pom Poko.   August 16, 2005
Monkey-wrenching racoons!
This is another indication of how surprisingly wonderful the Studio Ghibli films can be. This film brings ancient Japanese traditions to life in a rem
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